Library Expedition 36ers

Tiffany window in Troy Public Library

The Tiffany window in the Troy Public Library. / photo: Akum Norder

For peripatetic bibliophiles: The Upper Hudson Library System has a sort of library road trip going on this fall in which it's trying to get people to explore the system's 36 libraries in Albany and Rensselaer counties. Blurbage:

Did you know that Cohoes Public Library has a life-sized mastodon? Or that Troy Public Library has a Tiffany window and glass floors? Did you know that your library card lets you borrow an Amazon Echo Dot from Guilderland Public Library - or a fishing rod from Rensselaerville Library?
The 2018 Upper Hudson Library System Expedition will lead you to discovery of treasures both large and small in our 36 library locations. Open to explorers of all ages, this self-paced journey takes place through November 30. Participate as an individual, as a family, or as a group and earn prizes as you visit more libraries. Visit them all and become a 36er!
To get started, visit any local public library in Albany or Rensselaer Counties and pick up a map to guide you on your trek. Check out our Expedition web page for unique features and must-try local food spots, as well as library hours and directions. With each new library visit, get a stamp on your map and explore that library and all it has to offer (don't miss the civil war cannon at Robert A. Fahr Watevliet Public Library!). Be sure to post about your visit on Instagram (#Library36er) and Facebook. For more details visit www.uhls.org/expedition, and get ready to hit the road!

As the blurbage alludes to, modern libraries have become interesting hubs for all sorts of services and media. So this could be a fun opportunity to see what's available.

Also: It's a good excuse to just get out and explore different places and neighborhoods.

Earlier
+ Libraries are about books. And the internet. And technological change. And community. (2016)
+ The best bang for your library buck (2008)

Comments

The notes on unique attractions and local foods for each library are very well done. I want to visit all of them! Too bad I am based in the Adirondack Library System so can't borrow from these libraries.

To the Adirondack system card holder: any resident of NY state can get a card from the Troy Public Library. Just bring something that proves your current address!

Just finished the Expedition all 36 in a little over two weeks.
Great fun and all the librarians I met were so helpful and pleasant.
Thanks to whomever got this going.

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